Protest against biolabs held outside Armenian health protection agency

Armenia –

Activists staged a protest outside the Armenian National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) in Yerevan against the activities of biolaboratories in the country.

Members of the KAMQ NGO and the liberation movement were among the protesters led by Ara Zohrabyan, who heads the opposition Zartonk (Awakening) party.

Zohrabyan says that eight biolabs funded by the U.S. Department of Defense are operating in Armenia, including in Lori, Shirak, Tavush and Syunik Provinces, which may pose a serious threat to Armenia's security and the health of Armenians.

"You must have heard rumors that biological weapons are being developed in these laboratories, agents for bioweapons are being made," he told reporters, adding that the public has not taken the matter seriously.

Zohrabyan called attention to the uproar which arose in Ukraine and Georgia over the activities of the laboratories. In particular, he recalled that U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland confirmed the operations of U.S.-funded biological research facilities in Ukraine. In addition, there was a scandal in Georgia over experiments on 240 patients with hepatitis C.

The protesters demanded a transparent investigation into the operations of biolabs in Armenia.

"Our country is not a testing ground and dignified Armenian citizens are not guinea pigs," Zohrabyan said.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS